Friday Buzz: NGA’s Best Bagger Championship Puts the ‘Pro’ in Produce

Check out the fierce competitors in this year's food packing contest. Plus: Explore some of the biggest challenges diversity chiefs are facing.

Ready? Set? Bag! Canned soups and cereal boxes flew at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas for the 2016 NGA Best Bagger Championship, an annual event hosted by the National Grocers Association. Grocery store employees from 30 states flexed their bagging muscles for an audience of peers, coworkers, and bagging enthusiasts, turning every aisle into the express counter.

While each contestant fought hard for first place, it was Washington’s Candice Lastimado of Metropolitan Markets who took home the $10,000 prize and the title of 2016’s Best Bagger.

First held in 1987, in Dallas, the best-bagger competition has drawn significant media attention and A-list celebrities, such as Terry Bradshaw and David Letterman.

Enthusiastic about the yearly event, NGA uses the competition to not only promote the association but also show appreciation for hardworking employees across the country.

“The National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship features retailers with infectious company pride and an enthusiastic commitment to customer service,” the association explained.

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Eli Zimmerman

By Eli Zimmerman

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